How automation can change the economy

LA CROSSE (WXOW) —Unemployment is at a record low in the state of Wisconsin. Currently, the rate is 2.8%. In La Crosse, it’s at 2.8%.

Today, educators and economic advisors spent the morning discussing economic trends with one focus involving automation.

Automation will continue to grow but not necessarily replace jobs.

That was part of the conversation at the annual Workforce Information and Technical Support Ideas Sharing Forum.

“Not every one of those jobs will become something that gets replaced, sometimes it gets augmented. Sometimes you end up working with the machine. You take a surgeon, would you rather be operated on by a surgeon or a robot, I mean people have different ideas on either one of those but a surgeon with technology, that’s a powerful thing,” Economic Adviser Scott Hodek said.

That means when jobs get cut, automation can fill the gap and right now the Department of Workforce Development in the La Crosse – Onalaska area reports that there are more than 77,000 people employed.

 

 

Declan Levy

Declan Levy

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